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Crossnore School CEO Brett Loftis receives a commemorative from DAR president general Lynn Forney Young.

Originally published: 2013-10-16 15:48:16
Last modified: 2013-10-16 16:32:30

National delegation of the DAR visits The Crossnore School

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 Every three years, Daughters of the American Revolution leaders from all 50 states convene in Washington, D.C., board buses and take a weeklong trip throughout the Southeast. Visiting five schools in five states over nine days, the DAR Schools Bus Tour is not a leisurely sightseeing tour. DAR representatives personally visit five of the six schools nationally that have official DAR approval status, in order to see a “firsthand impact on education,” according to the DAR. The Crossnore School has been a DAR approved school since 1924.

In 1924, a Crossnore School teacher named Betty Bayley asked school founder Dr. Mary Martin Sloop, “why don't you get help for your school from the DAR?” Her suggestion has had an immeasurable impact on hundreds of lives over the last 90 years. DAR members have offered their unwavering support to the school ever since, allowing the school to grow and expand to become the sanctuary of hope and healing to children in need that it is today. 

The Crossnore School is now in its 100th year. School CEO Brett Loftis said the long-standing relationship with the DAR has been integral to the school’s longevity and success.

“Lots of children’s agencies started 100 years ago and did not make it to their 100th anniversary. As the economy shifts and funding shifts, having some folks who are dedicated to you is essential. Honestly, some of the things that have kept us going during lean times have been the estates from DAR members who have left us part of their legacy to support kids. So, having the DAR is one of those stability factors. They also do smaller, intangible things like visit and make our kids feel special, and that makes a big difference. They send in things like soup labels and box tops for education. We just bought a Smart Board for one of the classrooms with box tops. It took thousands and thousands of those,” Loftis said.

As a women’s service organization, education is one of the pillars of service in the DAR. The DAR donates more than $1 million annually to its six approved schools, in addition to donating hundreds of volunteer hours and other resources. Recently, a donation allowed for all the children at Crossnore to see the “Lion King” in Charlotte, a completely new experience to some students.

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to